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president obama for years saying you like your plan you can keep it, period. you had democrats for years and to this day you had harry reid just this week saying the president didn't lie. you have nancy pelosi saying the president didn't lie. people can keep their plans or get them back. further in 2009 democrats had the chance to vote for an amendment that would allow millions of people to keep their health care plans and they voted against it. don't tell me president obama misspoke when he lied about it. this was a lie. >> i didn't say misspoke. >> this is an overly broad political statement. >> let me say this. at the the end of the day i don't care who you are. you can't make the promise that you can absolutely keep the coverage you have. you couldn't have made it before the law and you can't make it now. >> why don't we start over, igor? you're admitting he lied. on the fundamental promises of the way the law was sold. we now know back in 2010. to be fair why not start over. >> you already have millions of people who have coverage for the first time. millions of people on medicaid,
, this is the obama care horror story of the week. the mother of a 17-year-old girl with a very rare neurological disease recently got notice her family's plan terminated. she'll join us with the personal story and explain how hard obama care is about to hit her family and pastor rick warren will speak out on the death of his son and more. if you've got copd like me, hey breathing's hard. know the feeling? copd includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. spiriva is a once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that helps open my obstructed airways for a full 24 hours. spiriva helps me breathe easier. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. discuss all medicines you take, even eye drops. stop taking spiriva and seek immediate medical help if your breathing suddenly worsens, your throat or tongue swells, you get hives, vision changes or eye pain, or problems passing urine. other side effects inc
during the campaign last year obama would have been able to have a lot less headaches than he did in running against mitt romney. just as you want to give the administration a lot of minus scores as they deserve for the botched rollout of obama care, 7% unemployment is a pretty good thing to brag about. >> how about the the republicans? are you hearing from them? >> house speaker john bay march with the improving economics there should be less government help given. they are played the case that things are getting better but it's still a fragile situation we have to keep track of. >> yeah. lynn, i want to go over your latest column which focuses on the president's trip to south africa and robben island where nelson mandela was held. how much of an impact do you think nelson mandela has had on prison obama? >> well, i was standing just a few feet away from then senator obama in 2006 when he was touring robben island. i had a sense his first trip was a pilgrimage. he started his career, as everyone noted, his interest in politics being an anti-apartheid protesters. coming to robben
of dissatisfaction with president obama this year in particular, 2013, has been a lot because of there has been a lot of transparency issues with the obama administration with a lot of criticism on drone striking and a lot of criticism on his nsa policies as shown in the snowden scandal this last summer. you know, it is in the interest of a state to be able to protect its citizens from internal threats, and in that sense, a lot of things that president obama had to do with the nsa were justified. however, there were very, very far-reaching implications. >> actually, i agree with you on that, although it's tricky business. >> it's tricky business. >> to know where to draw the line. obama or obama care, or nsa, i'll give you options here, because you will admit the polls are plunging and sort of breath-taking to watch this happen. >> okay. i think we need to rewind a bit and just view what the youth, my generation, millenial generation, still holds true to their hearts. we still agree with president obama on the issues important to our generation. we still agree with him on issues like gay marriage. we
. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversary of alan gross' imprisonment in cuba. arrested while working as a contractor for the u.s. government, bringing internet connectivity to cuba's jewish community. he was accused of trying to subvert the cuban revolution and sentenced to 15 years in prison. gross' family just released a letter from the 64-year-old to president barack obama begging the president to personally intervene. "with the utmost respect, mr.
get to that, congress has passed fewer laws this year than ever before. president obama tried to diagnose the reason for the enaction. >> the big challenge you got is you got a faction of the republican party that sees compromise as a dirty word that has moved so far to the right, that it would be difficult for a ronald reagan to win the nomination for the republican party at this point. >> we will be playing more from the panel right after this. so i deserve a small business credit card with amazing rewards. with the spark cash card from capital one, i get 2% cash back on every purchase, every day. i break my back around here. finally someone's recognizing me with unlimited rewards! meetings start at 11, cindy. [ male announcer ] get the spark business card from capital one. choose 2% cash back or double miles on every purchase, every day. what's in your wallet? i need your timesheets, larry! what's in your wallet? more shopping. more dining out. more traveling. and along with it, more identity theft. every time you pull out your credit card, shop online, or hit the road, you
on a lot of us. >> do you think he had an effect on president obama in his early years? >> i do. he spoke about that. it was really a way for a lot of us to put together the american social and racial justice push with the global one. he was an example of somebody who did evolve. he did preach and practice and found a way to live together despite differences. >> what do you think he accomplished in his life? >> i think creating a society that was not about vengeance and learning what we all had in common. i think that modelling revolutionary values, but also with the sense of deep, deep personal kindness. and a kind of forgiveness that not many of us would be capable of. >> reverent sharpton, do you think his impact, what impact will he have post life. how will he be remembered? >> he's the founding father. he changed the country and went from a country that was apartheid and on racism and not having a full democracy. clearly not sharing the health. he became a new country. he will be remembered in south africa as the father of a new nation, but i think he will be remembered that universi
that now because obviously obama asman in the white house for five years. the market is doing well under obama. it is not something the white house trumpets. the left is a little wary of hillary clinton. that is why there has been this chatter of elizabeth warren running for president. i don't think she will, barack obama said he would not run. the left is rising up in the fighting factions of the democratic party that were united in 2012. lou: i know it has always stood me in good stead to exit the word of any potential candid that there would not run. "a-team" in moments. we will take up the issue of this fellow strike and national walkout. take a minute, check this out on twitter. you can do so. facebook, loudobbs.com buried at next, then nothing white house and mending the president did, indeed, know something, but it was not quite what everybody thought. it is complicated and has something to do with his uncle and illegal immigrants and a stunningly close relationship. we will sort it out for you next. ♪ [ driver ] today, my ambulance knew all about a bike accident, just by talkin
together many years ago when president obama was a sttdent at harvard law school. so the white house explains it as saying that when they first got the call from the boston globe back in 2011, they never directly asked the president whether or not he knew his uncle, they just went back and looked at his book and other things. here's jay carney trying to explain it. >> when omar obama said the other day -- and there were reports that he had said the other day that president obama back when he was a law school student had stayed with him in cambridge, i thought it was the right thing to do to go ask him. nobody had asked him in the past, and the president said he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school, andts that he stayed wih him for a brief period of time until his, the president's apartment, was ready. >> reporter: so now the white house trying to clean this up, but sort of strange that they didn't go to president obama back in 2011 and just get the facts, martha. martha: yeah. so the president's uncle has been given legal residency here in the united
festivities at the christmas tree lighting ceremony. it's an annual tradition going back 91 years. president obama, the first lady and daughters, malia and sasha flipped the switch lighting up this mighty spruce. somewhere in the crowd, through the fog is mark segraves. a little rain didn't stop the crowds from coming out, mark? >> reporter: absolutely not. the wind is making it much worse. when the wind blows, it makes it cold. you can feel the rain. a lot of people have been trickling out. thousands remain. the queen of sole just wrapped up. we are getting ready to hear from train momentarily. a half hour to 40 minutes ago, the first family showed up and flipped the switch. >> we are going start at five. >> yeah let's do five. >> because it's a little wet. we shouldn't start at ten. all right? everybody ready? >> yeah! >> five four three, two, one -- >> whew! ♪ >> reporter: there you have it the 91st lighting of the national christmas tree. this is different than any other previous national christmas tree because it has its own twitter handle the national tree.
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to over $2,400 per year. that's because of obama care. >> no one has launched a big pr campaign to get these people signed up because of the problems with the federal website. we are about to launch a big pr campaign. and that, i think, is going to persuade a lot of people. >> now, as part of that pr campaign, as mr. emanuel calls it, today the white house is trying to tout the fact that medicaid is being expanded all around the country to get millions of people who don't have insurance right now covered. of course, that means taxpayers kicking in the money to cover these folks. the question is going to be whether or not the math adds up in the end. whether you can get enough young, healthy people to sign up for the law in order to help pay for all these millions of folks coming in who did not have insurance before, gretchen. >> that's a catch. as well white house officials are launching a campaign, they did last week, to sell the benefits of obama care to the american public. but what's the new message today? >> reporter: well, you know, talking about medicaid specifically in the stat
years obama did talk about a grand bargain. the republicans tried to meet him halfway. i think the shutdown changed everything. it was such a debacle for the republican party. you know, they had embraced this sort of sabotage approach to nongovernance. i think the assumption was they weren't going to do that again in january. but what they're going to do, what they're going to agree to do, barely there. this mini thing that will get us a few extra months. it's sad this is sort of the state of, quote, budget negotiations. but as obama and democrats have found, when you're negotiating with people who aren't particularly persuadable on anything, you're lucky if you can use sort of a up and down-aid like that. >> kiki, just on the politics of that, i think eric makes a great point. if i'm john boehner and i'm anybody, frankly in the leadership in the republican party, part of my concern is, we've got to have something that i know we are not going to shut the government down over. >> that's right. >> because they know they just cannot handle that another time. those numbers are alre
as a hero for decades. president obama was just 19 years old when he first started participating in the anti-apartheid movement. it was 1981, he was a sophomore at oxidental college in california where he gave his first political speech, speaking out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and a political idols who legendary struggles fueled his ambitions. >> i drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005, before obama became president. the two leaders each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mandela's 2010 memoir "conversations with myself." he wrote his example helped awaken me to the wider world and the obligation that we all have to stand up for what is right. through his choices, mandela made it clear that we did not have to seep the world as it is, that we could do our par
has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney said it was when he asked the president when he was told. critics of the white house say this speaks to a deeper credibility problem of the president and his staff not being forthcoming. >> so really, it was such an unforced error and it just goes back to this thing of the white house not being completely forthright w
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a credible candidate presented himself, barack obama, the clintons never thought in a million years he would be viable. when he proved to be viable, african-americans said we want the real thing. not the fictional first black president. >> you're referring to tony morrison. >> absolutely. >> tony morrison said bill clinton was the first black president. i think it's more important to get a real one. >> we did. >> anyway, let's go to e the present time. here we are in december of 2013 looking way ahead, but not too far ahead because a year from now we'll be right in the middle of this thing. everyone will announce a the 2014 election. everybody willing in this thing. we'll know the field. and so my question is is he doing what he has to do? i love bill grade. bill grade is a great leader in philadelphia. you hear this great reporting by jonathan martin this weekend in the "times." there's hillary clinton asking what you and i would do in the same situation. you're asking somebody to spot the people and who they are in the community. who the state reps, the city council people. you got to know
at the center of a deportation case for years. initially, the administration said president obama never met with the uncle seen here during an unrelated court appearance. but now it turns out he briefly lived with the uncle many years ago. brian todd has been looking into the story for us. explain this contradiction. what's going on. >> the contradiction is explained by the white house by saying there almost was no contradiction. when they said before there was no record of president obama meeting his uncle, that there really was no written record, not even in the president's book of him meeting his uncle, but not only did he meet him, but he stayed with him for a brief period of time in the '80s when the president's apartment was being readied for him in cambridge, massachusetts. the problem was in 2012, the white house said that the boston globe cited the white house as saying they had never met. now, this is what jay carney said yesterday about all this. >> when omar obama said the other day, and there were reports he had said the other day that president obama back when he was a law sch
put out in the "washington post" by dan balz. by almost any measure, this has been a lost year for obama on the domestic front. the flawed rollout of the health care law, the most important initiative of his tenure, has been a huge setback. >> i think that's a bit of an overstatement. a lost year? focusing on trying to get more people affordable health care? at the end of the day, everyone knows, we can all agree the rollout could have been, should have been better. but underneath all that is democrats and the president trying to make sure the people have health care. that is the side that we should be on, not this sort of is it right, is it wrong, should he be mad about it, should he not be mad about it? this is about making sure people can live. >> can government be nimble, can government learn from its mistakes? i would say the website is just a small symptom. government slik an offensive lineman. it can do blocking, it can create order. when you ask the government to be a wide receiver, you're asking them to do things they can't do. republicans win elections when the govern
the growing deficit problems according to president obama and said that is the biggest challenge of our time and said that he is going to spend the last three years in office trying to battle that. that is a populist kind of message one that he tried to strike before the election of 2012 and again that he has tried to hit again and again about income in equality. it is tough for the president to make with this president dealing with the economy that he has been staeering now for a few years. >> i want to turn you to obama care. the administration it appears now knew more and more and more from the federal register in fact mid range estimates show that 76% of small group plans would be cancelled. 55% of large employer plans would be 63% in all. what do you make of this. >> jim engel has been getting into the weeds of this. this is from the federal register. this is their projections of the total 157 million employer policies set to be cancelled next year of the 157 million, next year according to the projections, you had the mid range estimates 76% of the small group, 55% of the large employe
accompanied president obama to the prison on the island earlier this year, i know the as well as the people of the united states would want to be represented. after all, it's the citizens of the united states that have played such a significant role in the overthrow of apar tight in the release -- on the birthday of nelson mandela, 22 states across the united states mobilized in order to say happy birthday to him. we've had the unveiling of the statue on massachusetts avenues outside our embassy. i think the people of the united states would expect a senior level of leadership at the funeral. your country, i assume is ready for that kind of moment when so many world laters, may more than we have seen in recent years, attend the funeral of a great person. >> i think that's the amount of love and administration and respecti think our country will, despite its grief, be able to receive the world with great dignity and i am sure that no amount of preparation will be able to manage the sheer numbers of people. we had the experience of world cup 2010 behind us. i think we have shown we can put on
18 to 29-year-olds, who did you vote for in the 2012 election. 55% of them said president obama. they asked them, would you vote for president obama again? and only 46% said that they would. and let's take a look at this other one i thought was interesting as well, because this asked them, what do you care about? what concerns young americans the most? 45% said the economy. only 18% said health care. and economic inequality, which the president's spending a lot of time talking about these days, kennedy, only 1% care to hear about that at all. >> yeah, that's the 1% that's very inconvenient for the president. normally, when he talks about the 99%, he thinks he's speaking to the masses, but this once rabid fan base has obviously grown completely cold on that issue. and i don't know why the president continues to harp on it when it's obama care that is pulling him down like an anchor. >> so, kennedy, you are an anchor, and you're going to have a couple of people anchoring there with you. tell us about your new show! >> oh, i'm so glad you asked that. it's premiering monday night on
half of 18 to 29-year-olds say that it is likely that obama care is going to be repealed, they think. joining us now is kennedy, the host of the new show called "the independents" on fox business network. kennedy, good to have you here tonight. welcome! >> oh, martha, thanks so much. it's great to see you. >> it's great to see you, too. so, what do you make of this? >> i think that millennials are psychic, because the majority of them do feel that the president's centerpiece of especially his second term is going to be repealed, and the interesting thing is 40% think that their care is going to get much worse in the near future, and these are from people who haven't even been sick yet. i mean, you're talking about a group of americans, a demographic that has never really needed insurance and that they're bailing, it has reached critical mass, certainly. >> let's take a look because these polls were interesting, too. and i want to pull up some of the harvard poll numbers as well. they asked 18 to 29-year-olds, who did you vote for in the 2012 election. 55% of them said president obama
for 20 years. >> reporter: today president obama will be focusing on young people, as i said, he'll deliver remarks at a youth summit on the affordable care act. chris and kate, young people are very key to this whole program working. they are healthier, so they're less expensive to care for. it's key to have them in there so they can offset older, less healthy, more expensive folks. >> absolutely right, brianna, coming to us live from the white house lawn this morning. thank you. >>> a new video shedding more light this morning on the death of actor paul walker and the very first minute after that car crash. the "fast & furious" star and a friend were killed in that fiery wreck, you'll remember, this weekend. casey wian joins us now with much more into the investigation on just what went wrong. >> reporter: new video showing that it took a full minute for the speeding car that actor paul walker and his friend were in to explode. after it crashed, raising new questions about how they died. >> chilling new video showing the crash that killed actor paul walker and his friend, roger
the famous switch. tonight what we learned about when it all started and the years when the lighting of the national tree carried profound emotion with it. president obama his growing daughters by his side and that tradition lighting up the national christmas tree before the weekend started. >> five, four, three, two, one. whoo! >> up on stage first lady michelle obama, too. aretha franklin performed. ♪ joy to the world ♪ the lord has come >> mrs. obama and the muppets. >> you ready? >> yes. >> are you all ready? >> reading the night before christmas. and mariah carey there, too. ♪ all i want for christmas is you ♪ >> a tradition, the first national christmas tree lit by calvin coolidge in 1923. the first president to flip the switch, black and white there, but trust us, 2500 red, white and green bulbs. this tree lit in 1940 by fdr. the washington monument right there behind it. and it was 50 years ago after the death of president kennedy, the lighting ceremony postponed until late december. president lbj saying today we come to the end of a season of great national sorrow an
think, willie, republicans can make the argument that we are where we are four years later because barack obama's policies have made things worse. if we want to make that argument we can make that argument. but it's harder for us. it does not help us, i don't think with swing voters to say we'll do you guys a favor and cut off all your unemployment benefits. >> i don't think that helps. i'm just thinking it doesn't. >> it's not a good message. steve, your first chart on the minimum wage is 7.25 right now. let's say you get 40 hours a week, 52 weeks that comes to $15,000 a year which puts you below the poverty line. >> one of the ways people are pushing back on this perfect storm against people at the bottom is by focusing on the minimum wage. the minimum wage is $7.25 as you see here on this chart. which is not oddly enough the lowest. these are all inflation adjusted. they go back to the 1960s. in the 1960s it was $9.50. went down in the '80s. oddly enough it was president bush's administration that pushed a three step increase that took it back up to $7.25. it's been declining in
to be back with you. i'm jake tapper. we'll begin with the national lead for most of the year. paula deen held the award for worst public disaster, and obama care rolled out, bad headlines, frustrated customers. during that time president obama explained, and eventually apologized. the white house claiming healthcare.gov handled 1 million visitors without major issues, the president is launching a massive three-week-long blitz to entice americans back to the website to sign up for insurance policies. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. people want the financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> and so it begins. and this will last until december 23rd, the deadline for people to enroll if they want plans beginning on january 1st. each day the white house says they will plug different benefits that you can get through obama care with help from democrats and progressive action groups. even though we've heard more insurance pitches from the president in the last few months than buill murra
news on obama care. we got 70 years before the next story comes. >> it's next. the rebought of obama care comes as the president will talk about the benefit of this health care law. yesterday, president obama defended the affordable care act and suggested if republicans have better ideas they should bring them to the stable. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will get started with the exchanges, with the marketplaces, so we're not going to walk away from it. if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i will do. i have always said, i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively you got good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. i want to make that clear. >> you know, if what the president said is introduce. then that's a marked change since the first time the health care law went through. the republicans had scores of amendments that harry reid killed. never let him discuss it on the floor. never got a vote on the floor, so if the president now wants to work
he had to say. [video clip] last week, the obama administration tried to hide another unilateral, one-year obamacare. just like in july, right before holiday,endence day the administration try to hide the one-year delay of the business mandate. president obama and others have tried to hide what they knew problems wellite before the website launched. administration tries to continue to hide problems on the website.of the the administration has tried to hide the security problems that that one official called the website'sr to launch. the president and house democrats tried to hide for millions of americans would lose the coverage that they liked. the president and house democrats tried to hide for years that many americans will access to the doctors, the pediatricians, and perhaps even the hospitals that they choose. at this point, one has to ask, what else are they hiding? congressman. think they're hiding anything, frankly. i think when you are pushing timehing out for the first , you do not immediately say everything that is wrong. then people will say, -- they work anding to make it the
set to face the voters next year echoed mr. obama's false promise and are thus complicit in it. millions of americans have now lost coverage, millions more will. countless others are finding out their doctors or hospitals are not included in the obama care insurance offerings. now, in time obama care will undoubtedly produce some winners, especially those who were previously uninsured or who lost coverage but are able to find new policies at a subsidized price. the problem for democrats is that anger and disappointment are almost always more political moat varts than satisfaction and contentment. it is negative emotions that start political movements and drive people to the polls or sometimes the streets. remember, obama care was passed at a time when 80% of americans indicated in polls they were satisfied with their health care. disrupting that was the political equivalent of knocking over a hornet's nest, and there seems little doubt at this point who is going to get stung. bret. >> you talk about winners. it appears you're talking about insurance coverage. we don't know abou
as obama's have this year. history also suggest that there are two types of white house shakeups. he fires somebody anybody as a is a cry official lamb. the second is deep cleansing. jim, the question everybody asks does he have this in him? >> it's nuts. he's not going to fire his staff. he's not going to make that kind of change. at the end of the day the white house reflects the president. are your going to bring in different staff and have new blood in his veins. that's not how presidents work. he never wanted to have people around him who he doesn't consider close in many cases intimate friends. that's where his comfort zone is. he won't bring in republicans and bring in old hands from the democratic party. it sounds good but it's not sensical. he won't do it. >> why? >> one he only has a couple of years left in the white house. he likes those around him. the chief of staff is relatively new. it's a different team. you don't have rahm emanuel or david plouff or david, ale rod or robert gibbs. you have a lot on this show talk about what's going on but not advising him. there is new blo
able to visit the site in two years. meanwhile president obama said the pursuit of a longstanding deal with iran to monitor its weapons is likely to fail as it is to succeed. he was talking at a pro-israel forum in washington. iran will roll back it's enrichment of uranium, which can be used to build a nuclear bomb, but also to generate energy. >> we have to not constantly assume that it's not possible r possible for iran, like any country to change over time. it may not be likely. if you ask me what is the likelihood at us arriving at the end state that i described earlier, i wouldn't say that it's more than 50/50. we have to try. >> iran, the u.s. and five other world powers will meet in the coming days to discuss a 6-month agreement. >> we are cracking a storm system creating problems. let's bring in metrologist eboni dean. >> i'm tracking a storm system in the east and a storm system across the west that will make its way east ward, merging with the system in place. it will create more travel woes across the north-east and great lakes. now. we have a wide area dealing with the snow
to reach president obama's one-year, seven million people signup goal. seven million people heretofore had not had health insurance or maybe they got kicked off of their health insurance plan because the promise of if you like your health plan you can keep it has not been kept. many people, unfortunately, very many people, something like five million, have already been notified that they're not going to be able to keep their health care insurance even though they like it. many health insurance professionals and public officials have gone public. they have reported that the site isn't anywhere near ready for primetime, and as much as 40%, as i said earlier, of the site has yet to be built. my hometown newspaper in atlanta, georgia, "the atlanta journal constitution," included a headline today, and i quote, new and improved? not so much, some georgians find, end quote. and they went on to highlight three of the most glaring examples. i'm going to give -- colleagues, i'm going to give you a couple of the examples in the interest of time. alforetta, georgia, shopping online, he's faced roadblo
in the personal venom that developed between president obama and charlie rangel. been in the house of representatives 44 years. it turns out they hate each other. there's no way to put a finer point on this. they despise each other. a new book has the president calling charlie rangel, quote, a hack referring to his many ethical challenges. there's no doubts charlie rangel is a hack and been caught not paying his taxes. >> it breaks it down, the sort of back and forth. it seems to be that rangle is, as they describe it, old school. he's been there for 44 years, harlem congressman. he does it old school and he has seen president obama as an up start, a beginner. he famously backed hillary clinton. and then of course when he was elected, brought na office. charlie rangel thought he would have access to the white house as chairman of the house ways and means committee. he didn't get access. >> and who did? >> al sharpton. that's who they went with for their community outreach. they went with al sharpton over charlie rangel. charlie rangel has been pretty honest about the failures of ob
has an article on how the 2016 fever is testing the hillary clinton/obama bond. obama needs the party's attention devoted to helping him salvage the final three years of his administration but democratic donors and activists say the growing anticipation around a possible clinton administration three years out could accelerate the president's arrival at lame duck status. the more obama is viewed as a has been, the harder it could be to rally the party to fight for his agenda. do you agree with that analysis, victoria? >> you know, thomas, i think all of this talk about hillary might be a moot point come 2016. right now she is the candidate to beat. but we don't know what the mood of the american public is going to be in the next three years. a lot of that is going to depend on how we view the trust in government. it's near an all-time low. the pew study showed only 19% of us believe that washington is doing the right thing. so if we come to that spot and americans want someone who knows washington, then we're going to naturally see hillary emerge. if we want another outsider, then hill
, president barack obama took his own family to robin island where nelson mandela was in prison for 26 years. there was images of the president bringing his wife and two young daughters to talk to them about the legacy and refler reflect on hit. >> we got a message from george bush. it says barbara and i have had the privilege to know. as president i watched in wonder as mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment setting redemths and grace for us all. he was a man of tremendous courage who changed the course of history in his country. barbara and i, he write, had great respect for president mandela and send condolences for his family and country men. this from the far corners of the world like we might receive for few others on this planet. >> when you mention that about former president bush 41 saying nelson mandela was kind even to jailers that kept him in prison 27 years. bush said before he thought it was incredible one of the jailers became an adviser, security official to mandela when he later became president. mandela thought it
for a $15 an hour wage. that has been endorsed by president obama and most every other democrat. the so-called living wage issue will be a democratic hallmark next year. of course, if you give fast food workers a minimum of 15 bucks an hour, fast food prices go up for everybody. so, americans will pay more. that is a primary consideration in the debate. talking points believes the republican party must drop ideology almost entirely and concentrate on the economy and putting forth a healthcare plan that makes sense. everything else really doesn't matter. it's all about wages, jobs, and health, that's it. if the g.o.p. does not consolidate its message, it will not capitalize on mr. obama's troubles. it's as simple as that and that's the memo. now for the top story tonight, reaction, with us the former governor of alaska and vice presidential candidate sarah palin has a new book out called "great tidings and great job protecting the heart of christmas. two segments tonight. am i going wrong here on the republican party. >> no. you are absolutely spot on and united message from republicans,
is a stage and there are lots of actors these days. president obama acknowledge the u.s. would accept a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. 85-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, chairman of the house homeland security and congressman adam schiff, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a snowy day. not always easy in washington. i want to start with merrill newman because i know his son is in your district and you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they let him go? >> it's a very good question, and i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as the north koreans have said that as a personal peek, they found out about his war record and pulled him off the plane. it may have something to do with iran, with the fact that north korea is not the focus of attention right now, that they often will grab people to gain at
by president obama and most every other democrat. the so-called living wage issue will be a democratic hallmark next year. of course, if you give fast food workers a minimum of 15 bucks an hour, fast food prices go up for everybody. so, americans will pay more. that is a primary consideration in the debate. talking points believes the republican party must drop ideology almost entirely and concentrate on the economy and putting forth a healthcare plan that makes sense. everything else really doesn't matter. it's all about wages, jobs, and health, that's it. if the g.o.p. does not consolidate its message, it will not capitalize on mr. obama's troubles. it's as simple as that and that's the memo. now for the top story tonight, reaction, with us the former governor of alaska and vice presidential candidate sarah palin has a new book out called "great tidings and great job protecting the heart of christmas. two segments tonight. am i going wrong here on the republican party. >> no. you are absolutely spot on and united message from republicans, independents, libertarians those who do want to capita
to president obama. >> there have been for several years now of course a number of comparisons made between nelson mandela and president obama. "the washington post" characterized how the president in the past has dealt with those comparisons saying in part, quote, the american president regularly shied from direct comparisons with mr. mandela. mr. obama often noted privately and publicly that his sacrifices would never compare to mr. mandela's. aide to mr. obama said he was uncomfortable when people drew parallels between them as often as they did. this is from "the new york time times", not "the washington post." i apologize. how fair are those comparisons? they are inevitable and now we're going to continue to read and hear more about them over the next few days and weeks. how fair are they? >> it depends on which mr. mandela you're talking about. >> and which mr. obama you're talking about. >> one of the things that we talk about is mr. mandela as a tremendous humanitarian leader and so on. and he really was. but he was also a politician. and he also had to hold together a coalition, fi
families. >> i want to start with first lady michelle obama. what went into decorations this year? there has been a military theme, a celebration of those who sacrifice every day for us. >> that's something that mrs. obama keeps close to her heart and it's very important to her. the actual theme is gather round your family, our traditions, our history. and the blue room true does honor our servicemen and there are stars for our fallen soldiers. there are also these really poignant pictures of children reconnecting with their parents as they return from the military service. >> so meaningful. jackie kennedy, i'm sure there was attention to detail there. >> i love jackie kennedy. our fashion icon. here is the secret, her christmas style was a little messy. it was even happen hazard in their private family photo, which are presidential historians give us access to. and then she liked to decorate with miniature trees and miniature ornaments. she had the first theme, a nutcracker christmas. >> fantastic. we see these photos, so candid, in the moment, celebrating that day with the kids.
obama. we spent half a day on robben island where nelson mandela spent 18 years of his life in a cell. i remember walking into that cell. i remember walking around the grounds. i remember going to the limestone quarries where they were made to basically crush rock to pass the time. i was trying to explain to my 10-year-old who was watching on tv that this person nelson mandela had died. walking my son through what nelson mandela had gone through. i thought, you know, hopefully what it teaches everybody is to have the ability -- if nelson mandela could put aside three decades or more of hostility, of violence, of just what he had to go through and what the people of south africa had to go through just to be treated remotely equally, if he can do that, can't we in our either every day lives or also in the political discussions we have have a little bit more agreeability and a little bit less personal agreeability as we go about doing it. i do think it will be an emotional moment for the president. this is a singular figure quite frankly in world history thad we will essentially be saying g
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